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killer storm. >>> and miracle mom. a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, believe it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out what to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the ground. nbc's mike viqueira is in washington tonight to tell us more. mike. >> reporter: good evening, lester. sarah palin is on something of a role becoming a party king-maker while at the same time defying the republican establishment. now the question is will she, can she, try to parlay that popularity with the conservative base into a successful run for the oval office? for sarah palin, these are heady days. >> it's time for no more business as usua
/11. this despite condemnation from the obama administration and the top u.s. general in afghanistanl in afghanistan. we have more from carrey. good morning to you. >> reporter: this church has at most 50 members, but the pastors say his actions speak for more than his worshippers and he is not going to be deterred. he is pushing forward with the plans to burn the islamic holy book, the koran. more than 7600 miles away from afghanistan, it took only a few clicks to find terry jones's likeness and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community cente
francis is in san bruno with the latest for us. hello, monty. >> the name of the person who filed this lawsuit is steve dare. his house was not damaged in the fire, but he was evacuated from his home for three days. mr. dare is suing pg&e and san mateo superior county court. he names himself and others similarly situated indicating this could become a class action lawsuit. the lawsuit was filed yesterday, it accuses pg&e for negligence for the explosion that killed seven people and destroyed 40 homes here on september 9th. the suit seeks to turn over the victim's fund set up by pg&e by a third party that would manage that money. it would also seek damages beyond that amount. pg&e is expected to turn over that list in its 100 most vulnerable sites, state senator leyland ye's office tells us the information is scheduled to be handed over 2:00 monday afternoon. >> the people and residents have a right to know where these pipes are so they can make a conscious decision, should i live here? >> pg&e has refused to turn over the list, arguing making the information public would be a thre
herself might be a candidate for that job. brian? >> tom costello starting us off in washington tonight. tom, thanks. >>> with that as the setup, shortly after she appeared with the president in the rose garden this afternoon, she joined us from washington. professor warren, it is said that you're not being appointed to the job we all expected you to be appointed to because of the opposition that the banks and the wall streeters would have pitched threatening senate confirmation. the first question is, why not take that fight to the floor of the senate? why not have that conversation so people can see it and hear it? >> well, you know, i have to say i've never walked away from a fight in my life, so you can ask my three older brothers about that. but the point is, the time spent fighting is the time not spent doing the actual work of this agency. right now, millions of american families across this country are hemorrhaging money on credit card tricks and traps, on mortgages that are deceptive, on check overdrafts, on car loans. this list? and at some point, we have to get this agency st
in u.s. history and is finally declared dead. >>> home sweet home. an american hiker jailed in iran for more than a year speaks out. >>> and house arrest. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. this time, accused of squatting. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pick time zone. i'm lynn berry and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp said a permanent seal is in a place at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay gray has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air as the deepwater horizon rig exploded then collapsed. 11 fives were lost and oil began to seep into the gulf. the start of the worst spill in u.s. history. now 154 days later government scientists say the final seal, barrels of cement,
is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughou
. the weather channel's jim cantore is there for us. jim, good morning. >> lester, good morning. yeah, the national weather service here, the bermuda weather service, says it's called to prepare for a direct hit. the center expected to come within 10 miles of bermuda. and with 100 mile wide hurricani force winds, a direct hit is unavailable in through here. you can already see the wave action behind me crashing into the rock cliffs through here. but they're preparing residents. that's the key, to take a major hit. something they haven't seen since fabian here. they're saying we're going to have roof damage, it's going to be widespread. we're going to have tree and power line damage. the royal navy is on standby. the big question is when are they going to be able to get in here? is it going to be monday afternoon? because it looks like conditions are going to be bad for 20, 30, 40 hours where no one will be able to leave their homes and no one will be out on the road. cruise ships plan to park here? no way. they're not even coming in. this certainly looks like it's going to be a very,
back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. tracy, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. traditionally labor day has been the day we celebrate american workers of the problem is, a lot of them, millions of them, are not working. president obama will deliver an increasingly difficult message urging them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union leaders in milwaukee. union leaders say what has traditionally been a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work, i have less to be thankful for than those on wall street doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6%. jobs are being created but not nearly fast enough to ploy the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland on wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100 billion in tax breaks for small businesses. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people
farewell. then as the cameras rolled, he slowly came back to life and the whole family is with us for an exclusive interview today, friday, september 3rd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today." it's 7:00 a.m. on this west coast morning. they are looking at west coast time and that is cape hatteras in north carolina. i'm matt lauer. >> pretty rolling out there. i'm ann curry in for meredith. good morning, everybody. here on the east coast, as you were mentioning, earl has >> this morning the storm's outer bands stretch from north carolina all the way up the coast into pennsylvania andp ne jersey. fortunately the eye has so far remained offshore. that's good news. >> top winds are 105 miles per hour. it was downgraded to a category 2 from a 4 overnight, so, so far the storm surge has been minor and the flooding minimal. cape cod and nantucket are in its sights and are expected to get hurricane-force winds later today. >> we've got the storm covered all up and down the east coast this morning. let's start with al roker. he's in
that fiber keeps us full, it pulls down cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels. vegetables are also important when it comes to weight management. >> when we're talking about how much the average person should eat it may sound like a lot but what are we talking? >> at least two to three cups. these things are all portioned down at one cup. a cup of carrots, a cup of peppers, broccoli, leafy greens because they're puffier, you would want two cups to equal that one cup. these are nonstarchy vegetables so the more the better. >> starchy vegetables? >> an ear of corn is equivalent to one cup. >> you okay? >> sorry. a cup of peas, or a medium white or sweet potato. so there's a lot of choices. >> working it into your day you've got a sample of kind of what could be an average day. >> right. and without a salad we're going to do this. start with lunch because a lot of people don't like to have vegetables with breakfast. a cup of soup and piling on lettuce and tomato on a sandwich. that's one cup serving of vegetables. as a snack you could have some baby carrots and hummus. another cup of v
businesses headed for a slow holiday weekend. >> everybody's a little d disappointed including us. our season will be over here in short time anyway. we like to take advantage of that, but safety first. >> they have asked us to leave. so we're going to have to cut our vacation short this year. >> reporter: further north on the midatlantic coast from virginia to delaware, it seems beach vacations continue uninterrupted, for now at least. surf's up in ocean city, maryland. >> it's been a long time since the city's had a really bad hurricane. i'm afraid that we're kind of overdue. >> reporter: back in north carolina, locals are challenging earl to see just how bad a hurricane he will be. ron mott, kill devil hills, north carolina. >> reporter: i'm peter alexander on long island. already earl's pounding surf and dangerous rip currents extended the shores of new jersey and new york. the approaching storm has forced beach closures in places where extreme weather can actually attract a crowd. >> i don't want to see people endangering themselves. caution's the word. >> reporter: at this marina, henry
it a symbol of hate, asking the u.s. government to step in and for muslims to stay calm. military, political, and religious leaders are among those urging the pastor to cancel the event. >> this act would only call for new hate and violence. >> i am heartened by the clear unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: jones and the dove world outreach center congregation have received hundreds of death threats, and church leaders now carry weapons. >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: and isolated protests launching international concerns of widespread ramifications. leanne gregg, nbc news. >>> well, in ohio yesterday president obama turned up the heat on the republican party, continuing his assault on the gop policies that he says put the economy in a rut in the first place. the president also talked up his own economic plan to prop up the middle class by raising taxes on the wealthy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: in the election-year fight over taxes, president obama nee
was on board the ship that retrieved the blowout preventer and joins us from new orleans with more. anne. >> reporter: good evening, lesser. the blow joet prevent ee eer is the custody of the fbi tonight making its way to shore and to a nasa facility in louisiana where it will be inspected for evidence as investigators try to answer the question of why it failed. it emerged fully from the gulf of mexico, a 1 million pound metal sea creature pulled up. as the sun set on the scene of the biggest oil spill in america's history. the final 100 feet journey from the seafloor were the longest. hydrates, the crystals that foiled several attempts to cap the we will, created trouble. marvin morris is the leader. >> the hydrates as they come up melt and gas off. as it comes to the surface, we have to make sure we're taking all the safety precautions necessary so that gas is contained and held and bled off properly. >> reporter: the giant tower of the helix hoisted it to the center of the vessel. hanging in the dark the emergency brakes failed the night of april 20th when it exploded in flames. now
the blown out well behind the worst offshore oil spill in the u.s. history. for more on that, we go to kristin dahlgren, live in for us in louisiana with more. kristin, good morning. >> good morning to you, lynn. day 150 and word that that relief well that they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the 2 1/2 miles below the floor of the gulf. admiral thad allen said that the two wells were connected and that the next step was to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. one step in the recovery. oil continues to wash ashore. and take a look at these pictures. so many dead fish. almost looks like a gravel road. scientists say it was caused by lack of oxygen and it's not uncommon here, but people are asking that the oil dispersants didn't play into that. meantime, bp's outgoing ceo tony hayward inflamed so many temperses defended bp's record testifying in britain saying there is no need to rethink deepwater drilling. meantime, here in louisiana, a push to start up the deepparty drilling to get the oil workers back to wor
. iran's president in new york for the u.n. general assembly says the u.s. should release nine prisoners jailed here. the mothers have asked to meet iran's president here. so far no response. >> whether i knew that sarah was definitely released, it was a very bittersweet moment for me. i mean, the cold, hard truth is shane and josh are still in prison, and we want them home. >> reporter: they wouldn't talk about conditions in the prison or how shourd was treated. they have met a lawyer, they said. the investigation seems complete, but neve they have no when a trial will happen. shourd called leaving iran one of the most memorable moments of her life. >> i'm only one-third free. that was the last thing josh said to me before i walked through the prison doors. josh and shane felt one-third free at that moment and so did i. >> reporter: it was a time of mixed emeegss, desperately worried about two missing sons. >>> tonight bermuda is bracing for a head-on hit from hurricane igor just hours from now. tonight the category 1 is casting a massive footprint on the radar map with hurricane-force
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